I was going to do a self-portrait tonight, but got a little bit lazy in terms of my picture. I am leaving for Minnesota in the morning, and I have been running around like crazy trying to get everything packed and get the house ready for me to be gone for over 3 weeks.
Also, I have some exciting news! I entered a contest through Photographer’s Forum Magazine a bit ago. There were over 14,000 photographs submitted, and the top 11% were selected as finalists. Well, I got a letter in the mail today informing me that I am a finalist! That means that my photograph will be published in their hardcover book Best of Photography 2011. I also make it to the final round of judging as a finalist, and I will find out August 15th if I place or get honorable mention. Such an exciting bit of news before I go home!
And, please remember to go vote for my portfolio and tell everyone that you know! You can vote once a day. I so appreciate each and every vote I can get, thank you for the support!
It took forever to get this done tonight. It had been ages since I had done this technique, which is called focus stacking. I took about 17 pictures of my hard drive (with my camera on a tripod), shifting the focus slightly with each picture so that I could get the entire name in focus with still having a shallow depth of field. After taking the images I had to put them in to Photoshop and blend them together, which on a laptop (even my heavily upgraded one) takes forever. I think it took a half hour to process this final image. And I had to do this three different times, with one time taking an hour to process. So needless to say I have been working on this for more than a couple of hours. I also busted out my flash for the first time in a while tonight, and bounced it off the window behind me with a diffuser.
I seriously love my hard drive, so I thought it deserved a spot in my 365.
It started raining this evening, and I got excited because I would finally have a chance to use my rain cover that I bought a bit ago. I got some pictures, and headed inside, only to look outside and find that the sun was shinning. I ran back outside, because how often do you get a chance to take pictures of rain while it is sunny out? It was just sprinkling when I got out there and I was shooting away, when all of a sudden a downpour began. It was as if someone dumped a bucket of water on me. Within seconds I was completely soaked. I left a puddle in the entry way, and squeezed a ton of water out of my shirt and shorts. I got quite a few pictures I like, so expect more soon!
Really creative picture and title, I know. I’m just feeling really drained. It is the last couple weeks of school, so I have a ton of projects and papers and tests, and then things to get figured out and ready for this summer and next year on top of it all. And then I can’t sleep on top of all that. Yay. And I don’t even have a relaxing summer to look forward to.
Sorry for that bit of whining, it just hit me how stressed and worried I am at the moment.